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* Sri Lanka to receive USD 700 million from U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation
Fri, Oct 13, 2017, 07:35 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka is in the receiving country of approximately USD 700 million within a period of 5 years from the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation MCC, the Finance Ministry said.

Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera, who is in Washington to attend the World Bank- International Monetary Fund annual meeting, on the sideline of the meeting met MCC Regional Deputy Vice President for Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America Ms. Fatema Z. Sumar on Thursday to review the progress of its 5- year Grant Compact to Sri Lanka.

In December 2016, MCC's Board of Directors had selected Sri Lanka to develop a compact. Sri Lanka became eligible for assistance after passing 13 out of 20 indicators on MCC's policy scorecard.

MCC is an independent agency working to reduce global poverty through economic growth. MCC's grants and assistance to Sri Lanka is an immense contribution on Sri Lanka's efforts for good governance, fighting corruption and to protect and promote human rights.

Sri Lanka is in the receiving country of approximately USD 700 million within a period of 5 years from the MCC to invest in three priority areas - policy stability, access to land and transport.

A delegation from the U.S. Government's Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) led by Sumar, visited Colombo in July to advance progress on the development of the MCC compact-a five-year grant program-with the Government of Sri Lanka that aims to reduce poverty and promote economic opportunity for Sri Lankans.

During the visit following the signing of an MoU with the Secretary to Treasury Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga, MCC announced Rs. 1.1 billion ($7.4 million) in funding to Sri Lanka to support the development of a compact, including identifying and analyzing specific projects for potential investment.

The Sri Lankan Government has established a project management unit-the Sri Lankan Compact Development Team-within the Prime Minister's office to work with MCC on the compact. The goal is to develop a high-quality, evidence-based and sustainable compact aimed at addressing these economic challenges in a way that drives growth and reduces poverty. MCC holds partner countries accountable through rigorous oversight, monitoring and evaluation.

Secretary to Ministry of Finance and Planning Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga, Advisor to Minister of Finance, Mr. Mano Tittawella, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington D.C Prof. Gamini Keerawella were part of the delegation which took part at the meeting with the MCC official.


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